B.C. is one of few jurisdictions where Crown Counsel lays charges and the police only recommend them.
Surrey Liberal MP Ken Hardie, who represents the riding of Fleetwood-Port Kells, suggests that system be re-examined when it comes to gangsters.
“Particularly if the goal is not so much to get convictions but to be disruptive on people who are strongly suspected of being involved in something then maybe there’s a different criteria, Crown could still lay the charges but use different criteria.”
Hardie also says “saturating neighborhoods with police” where there’s known gang activity could be another way of trying to crackdown on criminals.
“The police are doing their very best but I think we need a good discussion how they can be more disruptive. It’s just that whole thing of knowing they’re being watched, knowing they will be held to account if they step over the line.”
Hardie says the violence has even played out in his neighborhood with a fatal shooting.
“It was right on 156th a route I walk quite often to get up to Fraser Highway and you could walk past the house and see the driveway where it all took place.”
The latest shooting, in Delta just this morning, has investigators worried last year’s drug turf war could be firing back up.